What Makes A Good Trainer?

Does your trainer do this?

What attributes separate the good from the bad trainers? It is a common question asked by many.  I have been in this industry long enough to tell first glance if a trainer is worth the money. The average exerciser will not know the difference without further knowledge. A bad trainer knows he is not good at his craft, he will simply take your money, without tuning into your specific needs. I can’t stress enough how important is for your trainer to listen to the specific needs of each individual client. The following tips will help you indentify what separates mediocre and great. 

Trainer’s Own Fitness History

A good trainer will have his/her own history in fitness. Whether it be a past struggle with obesity or playing athletic sports, he/she will gain the most experience from their own training. A trainer who is familiar with weight loss will be knowledgeable about your specific needs. He/she will have their expert philosophies come to life, and you will benefit from their past. Most trainers who have struggled with a weight problem have learned everything from trial and error. A trainer who is exceptionally athletic is guaranteed to be chock full of knowledge. The training they needed to undergo to be the best at their sport has given them all the credibility you need to know. 

Educational Background/Certifications

A trainer can have all the scholarly credits in the world, from a prestigious institution, but they does not make them a great trainer. Going to school for exercise science teaches the student mainly about the human body, making them informed on anatomy and physiology, but lacks in hands on experience which in turn is what makes a good trainer great. A young college graduate will need up to 5 years post grad experience to fully be an expert in the training field. A piece of paper does not make someone an expert, experience does. 

There are quite a few options when a trainer chooses his/her cert. Bottom line is, all certifications are completed by anyone who wants to train, but does not automatically makes one trainer more valuable than another. It all goes back to each trainer’s experience within the field. 

Ask Questions

Your trainer must ask you questions about your past health/fitness history. He/she needs to be aware of any pre-existing medical conditions or injuries you may have. A good trainer will ask you about your goals, and create a workout that suits your specific needs. It is not uncommon for you to bond with our trainer, becoming friends is not a rare thing. Many clients and trainers build excellent relationships that last a long time. A good trainer will always be available to help his/her clients when that, client no longer sees that trainer for sessions. You want to find out their experiences, the questions should be from both sides. You the client should feel comfortable and safe with your chosen trainer.